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    RK Drum (question from matth3wh)

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    • Once again the Private Message bug hits.

    I had a question from Matt today asking about my experience with the RK drum.

    Unfortunately, I still get the following error whenever I try to send a PM to anyone:

    • This forum requires that you wait 30 seconds between sending private messages. Please try again in 2731512332 seconds.


    I have calculated that to be around 86.5 years and quite frankly I have other things to do than wait around

    So, I hope Matt sees this.

    I have enjoyed the 2kg RK drum since 2011.
    I roast outside on a 4 burner BBQ with a hood.
    My regular load is 1875g green which yields ~1500g roasted.
    I have no extractor in place for the smoke, it just comes out from under the hood.
    Personally, I do not notice any particular smoky flavour due to this process, but I have been roasting this way for 18 years, so I might just be used to it.
    The drum does retain much of the chaff (some is burnt off) so I rely on the cooling fans to disperse it when I dump the roast.
    I dump the roast into 2 coolers. 20L plastic buckets with ceiling fans that blow upwards to cool.
    My biggest 'issue' with the RK drum is that it has a square 5/16 diameter for the rotisserie rod and I have found it hard to get a good fit. Ideally I want an 8mm square rod, but many of the solid rods have an 8mm square tip for the motor, but a hexagonal body which is 10mm. There are some multi part 8mm rods around, but most of them come in a kit with a slow 3 rpm motor (no good to me). I just want to buy the rod, but have not had a lot of luck over the last few years. Having said that, I think I can still handle a couple more parts breaking before things get serious.

    Angle grinder might be the answer.

    All in all, I'm very happy I bought it. Even happier I did it when the $AU and $US were at parity.

    Brett.
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    (sorry about the PM bug, will endeavour to find an solution before the 86 years timer is up)


    I've just emailed Matt to point him to this thread, just one step better than using a carrier pigeon.

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    Thank you Andy and Brett... much appreciated. I like the sound of them as a step up but always wondered about the chaff and smoke side of things.

    Definitely need to step up to welding gloves to handle the dangerously hot items. :-)

    And more beans, larger cooling.

    Looks like Maaat has got some of that in his sale.

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    the Private Message bug
    Hey Brett,

    I think the PM bug is fixed (well before the 86 years but maybe a few years late). I should have just enlisted the help of a database expert so the database expert didn't have a PM bug.


    please test by resending a PM to matth3wh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Hey Brett,
    I think the PM bug is fixed

    please test by resending a PM to matth3wh
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    Iíve also cleared out my inbox and sent items to be sure to be sure. :-)
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    Well I've given it a try and sent a short message to Matt. I didn't get the error message, so looks OK. Thanks Andy!
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    Message received loud and clear. All working
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    RK Drum (question from matth3wh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboy_1999 View Post
    All in all, I'm very happy I bought it. Even happier I did it when the $AU and $US were at parity.
    Brett.
    Thanks for the info Brett. Sounds good to be able to get larger quantities of beans done.

    Wondering about your roasting method/work-flow on your setup. Have you got a temp gauge hooked and and heat BBQ up to set temp then get drum in and lid back down as quickly as possible?
    Last edited by matth3wh; 3 Weeks Ago at 08:37 PM.



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